Michigan Primary Turnout Low

Turnout is very low thus far in Michigan, at least if the anecdotal experience of the Detroit Free Press’ bloggers in any indication.

Presumably, this means that Democrats, who don’t have a contested primary today, aren’t showing up in droves to either 1) pick their favorite Republican or 2) cause mischief. If nothing else, it likely means that the “Democrats for Romney” effort isn’t going so well which would seem good news for John McCain.

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  1. Michael says:

    The article doesn’t really give any details about how the observed turn out this year (which sounds low) compares to the turnout of previous years.

    From what I did read though, it seemed that there were more people voting on Democrat ballots than Republican, which does at least suggest that Kos’s ‘Democrats for Mitt’ proposal is being largely ignored.

  2. Hal says:

    It would also suggest that there aren’t that many Republicans there.

    I guess that’s somehow good news for McCain and Republicans in general as well.

  3. Jay Majeske says:

    The fact that Democrats are staying home is good for Romney. McCain is far more liberal than Romney and has good support from independents. If the vote for the republican nominee in Michigan were up to register Republicans Romney would win by a huge margin.

  4. SavageView says:


    Everything on this site is good news for McCain. Meanwhile, in the real world, low turnout is toxic for Saint McCain.

  5. yetanotherjohn says:

    It ain’t over until it is over. I can spin scenarios that a low turn out is good for McCain, Romney or Huckabee.

  6. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    McCain is 72 years old. He will never be elected President and if nominated will usher in the Democratic candidate. A vote for McCain is a vote for Hillary.